Google, others fret over digital TV 'translators'

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Google and other technology giants have complained to the Federal Communications Commission about its proposal to offer a new replacement "translator" service for TV broadcasters meant to help them shore up coverage following the digital transition in February. Google, Microsoft, and Dell filed comments with the FCC last week, raising concerns that the move could interfere with their planned use of unlicensed "white spaces" wireless spectrum that will soon become available. The companies' concerns highlight yet another potential wrinkle for what has already been a troubled prelude to the digital TV transition. Concerns have been raised that the transition is coming too soon, and may therefore leave many TV viewers without reception.


Google, others fret over digital TV 'translators'